John J. Nazzaro

John J. Nazzaro

Location:
New London, Connecticut
Phone:
860-442-0444
Fax:
860-444-6445
Email:

In 2007, Governor M. Jodi Rell appointed Attorney John J. Nazzaro to the Superior Court bench. In 2016, Governor Dannel Malloy re-appointed the jurist to his second term. Attorney Nazzaro resigned his judicial post to rejoin the Reardon Lawfirm as an experienced litigator. Previously, Attorney Nazzaro was the Chief Civil Judge in the Judicial District of New London. He also served in Hartford, Tolland, Windham, New Haven and New London/Norwich where he presided over civil and criminal jury and courtside matters. As an attorney in 1995 he became Board Certified in civil law with the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Before his appointment as a Judge, attorney Nazzaro was a Partner in the firm of RomeMcGuigan, P.C. and Reardon and Nazzaro, P.C. For a number of years he managed a solo trial practice in New London. He is a former organized crime prosecutor and special public defender. He was active with the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. He graduated with honors from the University of Bridgeport/Quinnipiac Law School in 1984. In 1980, he received his Bachelor's in Journalism with honors from Southern Connecticut State College. Before attending law school, attorney Nazzaro was employed as a network broadcast news reporter. For more than ten years, he co-hosted a syndicated public affairs cable TV show known as "The Cutting Edge."

Attorney Nazzaro lives in Pawcatuck with his wife. He has three children. In 2016, the Connecticut Law Tribune bestowed an Excellence award to the former jurist for "Outstanding Achievement and Professional Accomplishment. " He has lectured and published on trial practice. Governor Malloy nominated him to the Judicial Review Council which oversees discipline for Judges and Workers Compensation Commissioners. While a judge, he also served on the Judicial Branch Speakers' Bureau.

Attorney Nazzaro remains active in the community. He coached youth football and soccer. He chaired and/or served on numerous local boards and nonprofit organizations. He was a representative to the Connecticut Republican State Central Committee and Vice Chair of the Stonington Republican Town Committee. He continues to serve on the Motor Vehicle Commissioner's Advisory Committee on Safe Teen Driving.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Civil Law , National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1995

Education

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, Bridgeport, Connecticut - 1984
  • Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut
    • B.S. - 1980
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Journalism

Honors and Awards

  • Appointed by Governor M. Jodi Rell to the Superior Court bench, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Connecticut Republican State Central Committee
  • Stonington Republican Town Committee, Vice Chair
  • Motor Vehicle Commissioner’s Advisory Committee, Safe Teen Driving

Past Employment Positions

  • RomeMcGuigan, P.C., Partner
  • State of Connecticut Superior Court, Geographical Area No. 10, Superior Court Judge
  • Judicial District of New London, Chief Civil Judge
  • Judicial Branch Speakers’ Bureau